Launching a New Breakthrough Technology in Water Treatment and Waste to Energy

 

The Innovation Hub

Today GrahamTek has taken the division’s objectives further by establishing the GrahamTek Innovation Hub. Using this platform, GrahamTek can incorporate Joint and Co-Development opportunities with tier 1 global companies in order to explore new technologies, or new applications  of existing technologies. 

In these partnerships, GrahamTek shares Intellectual Property and knowledge with a single view to develop commercially viable solutions with our Strategic Partners and for the clients of our Strategic Partners. Intellectual Property discovered and developed in the Innovation Hub is jointly owned between GrahamTek and the Strategic Partner, and any patents that are registered are jointly owned and commercialised for the benefit of all parties. 

The Innovation Focus

The Innovation Hub focuses on the following areas:

  • Advancing proprietary or patentable technology through own and/or joint ownership of such new discoveries, applications, processes and Intellectual Properties.
  • Identifying commercially viable new applications for specific segments of our technologies.
  • Developing new and enhanced Complete Product Solutions with Strategic Partners that can be rapidly scaled and deployed to new markets of Strategic Partners and our distribution networks.
  • Building competitive advantage through licensing third party technologies in specific applications with our technologies.
  • Bringing in outside technology to make internal business processes more efficient and/or profitable.

Active Projects

OFF THE GRID DESALINATION PLANTS

Despite major advancements in desalination technologies, seawater desalination has been more energy intensive compared to conventional technologies for the treatment of fresh water. There have also been concerns about the carbon footprint of large-scale seawater desalination plants.

GrahamTek has combined proprietary Waste-to-Energy technology with our  advanced 16” Superflux RO technology to design and build high performance, energy efficient water plants.

By deploying this holistic solution our systems will be able to deliver even more effective water treatment with significantly higher yields, while operating off the grid due to the plant’s ability to generate its own power.

Read more about the Waste-Water-Energy Nexus Technology 

Projects in Progress

The following projects are scheduled for commencement subject to final contracting and selection of Strategic Partners in the respective consortiums. Companies that are interested to form part of the consortiums should contact us to discuss participation in the innovation hub. 

..... We are inviting Partners to these Projects where the consortium partners are not yet fully finalised ...... 

DISCARD OTR TYRES

Discard OTR Mining tyres is a global problem. These tyres weigh in excess of 4 Tons per tyre with diameters in excess of 6 feet. The problematic size and weight of these tyres are some of the reasons why they are simply stored on large mining grounds. 

With recent globally enforced rehabilitation regulations, future storage of tyres in this format will be prohibited. This project seeks to enhance the current Waste-to-Energy equipment with improved product quality with a low sulphur content ( +-500ppm) and improved cetane values of +40. The improved system will generate significant investment returns for GrahamTek and its consortium partners.

WASTE TO ENERGY

Subject to final contracting the Strategic Partner together with the GrahamTek team will commence combining some of the existing GrahamTek technology with enhanced energy storage and Thermal Mechanical Cracking of hydro carbon links. These increased efficiencies will enable the consortium partners to combine the current Waste-to-Energy equipment with turbine generators such as the General Electric TM2500 power unit or other similar equipment.

By combining the GrahamTek equipment with the Strategic Partner’s turbine equipment, compact mobile electricity generators can be deployed at remote client sites where diesel and other fuel oils are not present in sufficient quantities to feed the generators. GrahamTek has initiated this project based on existing client orders for this type of solution.

MEDICAL WASTE

Disposing of Non-Anatomical Medical Waste is posing a growing problem worldwide, jeopardising the health of staff, patients, disposal workers and anyone else coming into contact with the often hazardous materials discarded by hospitals and other health-care sites. This is according to a United Nations report on the subject. The report states further some 20 to 25 percent of the total waste generated by health-care establishments is regarded as hazardous and may create a variety of health and environmental risks if not managed and disposed of in an appropriate manner. 

Medical waste can include a wide range of hazardous materials, such as infectious waste, anatomical and pathological waste, obsolete or expired chemical products and pharmaceuticals, radioactive materials and so-called “sharps,” medical instruments or devices that are no longer used. The global widespread deficiencies in the operation and management of small-scale medical waste incinerators result in incomplete waste destruction, inappropriate ash disposal and dioxins emissions. Some WHO reports indicate that these dioxins and emissions can be 40,000 times higher than emission limits set forth in international conventions. Stringent regulations in more developed countries make disposal of Medical Waste a very expensive cost item for Medical Care institutions and Waste Disposal Operators. 

GrahamTek’s Waste-to-Energy system has done preliminary R&D on Non-Burn Medical Waste disposal. Initial test results provided significant yields of high quality fuel oils of 70% and higher, with the process temperatures safely above the threshold that effectively kills pathogens. The commercialised version of this model provides significant yields to the partners globally. 

  



GrahamTek Submits White Paper to Cape Town Municipality on Desalination Solution

June 2017

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DuPont Teams Up with GrahamTek to Provide Sustainable Solutions in Saudi Arabia

May 2017

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Off Grid Water Treatment
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